SC rejects plea seeking Kejriwal ouster post his arrest

  • | Tuesday | 14th May, 2024

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking removal of Arvind Kejriwal as the Delhi Chief Minister after his arrest in a money laundering case, holding that the petitioner had no legal right to seek his ouster. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta said resignation in such circumstances is a matter of propriety but there is no legal right to seek removal of Kejriwal as the chief minister following his arrest. "What is the legal right? On propriety you may certainly have something to say, but there is no legal right. Its up to the LG (Lieutenant Governor) to take action if he wants to. We are not inclined to entertain this (petition)," the bench told petitioner Kant Bhatis counsel. The bench, while dismissing the appeal challenging the April 10 order of the Delhi High Court said, "When the matter (Kejriwals petition against arrest) was being heard, we had posed the same question to them. Ultimately, it is a matter of propriety and there is no legal right." It pointed out that several petitions on the issue have been dismissed by the high court.  On April 10, the high court had expressed its displeasure over repeated filing of petitions seeking Kejriwals removal. The court said once it had dealt with the issue and opined that it fell within the executive domain, there should not be any "repeat litigation" as it was not a "James Bond movie that will have sequels".  It had pulled up petitioner Sandeep Kumar, a former AAP MLA, who sought Kejriwals ouster from the office, for trying to involve the court in a "political thicket" and said it will impose costs of Rs 50,000 on him.

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